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Officials were unsure if the man had a weapon but are investigating Bevers’ death as a homicide due to her injuries.
The person suspected of killing Bevers was already roaming the church halls dressed in tactical gear similar to what SWAT officers would wear.
Midlothian Police is seeking help in identifying a suspect in the murder of Terri Leann Bevers, 45, at Creekside Church of Christ on Monday, April 18, 2016.
“I’m so sad about it. She was doing something she loved”.
Bever’s brother-in-law confirmed that she went to the church early on Monday morning to hold a Camp Gladiator fitness class. There was a significant amount of damage reported inside of the church, but curiously, nothing was missing.
Investigators found evidence of forced entry and recovered surveillance video of a suspect wearing what detectives are calling “police tactical gear” including a helmet, vest and gloves.
– Police are expected to release a preliminary autopsy report and could talk more about how a fitness trainer was killed at a Midlothian church. Her body was discovered by one of the students in her 5 a.m. class, who called police to the scene.
“We are exploring all possibilities”, Smith said. “It’s just and odd, random situation”.
“This is an unusual occurrence for our community”, Chief Smith says.
During a press conference Tuesday morning, Brandon Bevers called his late wife, 45-year-old Terri Bevers, a “Godly woman” who was “very passionate about changing people’s lives with fitness and changing their mental attitude towards their bodies and their abilities in life”.
“The person has a very distinct walk”, said Bevers.
A member of her class found her in the church, surrounded by “lots of broken glass”, according to Midlothian Police Chief Carl Smith.
For 15 years, he added, his family attended Cowboy Church in Midlothian, a couple of miles down Highway 287 from where Missy was slain.
A local business has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.